What can an Operations Manager earn? | FAQs

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT   |   2 minutes  |   December 5, 2016

If you’re an aspiring Operations Manager, or are interested in the operations management jobs in the market, it’s important for you to be aware your potential Operations Manager salary.

In this short video Lerisa Roberts, Head Tutor for the UCT Operations Management online short course, sheds some light on the salary expectations you should have within the field of operations management.

Experience is the main deciding factor companies take into account when performing operations manager salary negotiations. According to PayScale, the average operations manager salaries in South Africa for various levels of experience are:

  • Entry level (0-5 years): R234,667
  • Mid-career (5-10 years): R342,468
  • Experienced (10-20 years): R405,203
  • Late-career (20 years and more): R468,625

Out of the 1,454 respondents on PayScale, the highest salary listed is R987,079 for a late-career operations manager.

Experience is the most effective way to increase your pay as an operations manager, but it can be augmented by equipping yourself with the skills most needed in your job. To further increase your earning potential, an operations manager can brush up on the following skills:

  • Budget management
  • Project management
  • Human resources
  • People management

Along with increasing your salary within the operations manager position, operations managers have a lot of room for vertical growth. While many operations managers stay in their positions for the entire careers, you are able to move into positions like:

One way to boost your operations management career aspirations is to look into operations management online courses, where you’ll be exposed to relevant skills and knowledge to set you apart as an Operations Manager.

To jump start your operations manager salary potential, add the skills to your CV.

Study the UCT Operations Management online short course today.



Depending on your level of experience, operations managers can earn up to R900 000 per annum in South Africa. In larger organisations there are opportunities for growth to higher levels, such as operations director with a much higher earning capacity.